Thursday, February 5, 2015

Our Living Room: Coffee Table and End Table Reveal

Between the long list of custom orders we've been working on, Mr. ATG found some time to build us a coffee table! We sold our funky, music playing coffee table that we revamped and featured on the blog (August of 2013) before we left Kansas.  You can read about that revamp here: http://againstthegraindesigns.blogspot.com/2013/08/our-living-room-coffee-table-reveal.html. 

It was a tough decision because we both LOVED that coffee table, but with a new walker in the house, we thought it'd be safer for our little one if we went coffee-table-less for a while. Now that our little one is walking (more like running...) and steady on his feet, we were ready for a new coffee table and some new end tables!  

Our living room is huge, so a small dainty little coffee table wasn't going to cut it AND I also wanted something our little guy wouldn't be able to destroy if he banged his toys on it. Enter pallet boards! There are so many talents woodworkers that work with nothing but pallets - and I am in awe of you! Those suckers are hard to break down. Fortunately for me, Mr. ATG is way more determined and patient than I am! Here's what he built -- 

Gorgeous right? Its massive - 31" x 31" and PERFECT of our space!


He used pallet boards on the top and lower shelf. We decided to keep them unfinished but painted the bases antique white. 



After A LOT of sanding and a bazillion (no seriously, a bazillion) coats of poly, we had ourselves a new living room! 








Unfortunately our living room is pretty bare - no pictures, no candles, no knick-nacks. Instead, we accessorize with toys. Hopefully one day we'll be able to have nice things again! 


I think Reid approved of the table! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentines Day Gift Ideas for the Man in Your Life!

Still struggling to find the perfect Valentine's gift for the man in your life? Look no further! Our Etsy Shop has LOTS of options, including these wall mounted bottle openers. Pricing starts at just $20 and shipping is $5. Can't beat that! 

www.etsy.com/shop/AgainstTheGrain1







In addition to the bottle openers, you'll find signs and rustic home decor items for all of your Valentines! Don't see something you like?? We can always custom make a sign just for you! 








Can you believe there is less than 2 weeks until Valentines Day?? Happy February friends!

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley

Sunday, January 11, 2015

NEW Cross Legged Dining Table

We had a customer come to use with a photo she found on Pinterest and asked if we could recreate it. We're always up for the a new challenge so of course we said yes! Here is the original photo she found online - 


Mr. ATG did an amazing job recreating it while adding a few of our his own little touches on it. Rather than using 2" boards on the top, we swapped them out for 1" boards to give it a cleaner, more solid look. Here are a few photos before we stained it -- 






We stained the table using Minwax's PolyShades in Classic Black - rather than the rustic stain of the original photo. Even after one coat I knew I loved the look -


We used two coats to give it a deep black color and an elegant glossy finish. 








We have added this beauty to our ATG Originals line - you can see all of our custom built furniture pieces on our Facebook Page, in the album called "ATG Originals." Dimensions and stain color can easily be altered to fit your space and style. Email or message us to place your order! Sorry out of town-ers, local pick up only. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Share it and Win It Giveaway!

We are starting off 2015 with a big milestone - we hit 2500 likes on our Facebook Page! To some of you professional bloggers or big companies this may not be a big deal, but to us - its HUGE! Facebook makes it extra difficult to get your posts and photos seen so I'm so glad our furniture is getting out there. 



In celebration of our achievement, we're doing a "Share it and Win it" giveaway for a headboard! You can find out more details on how to enter on our Facebook Page. Unfortunately this is only for our local friends since the headboard will have to be picked up at our home in Cameron.


I know I'm biased, but we've built some pretty beautiful headboards for some very happy customers. Here's a peak at a few of our headboards all settled into their new homes. 








If you're interested in placing an order you can FB message us or email us at againstthegraindesigns@yahoo.com for more information!! 

Good luck! 

Ashley

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! We took some time off and traved to Cary, NC to spend a few days with my family. We ate, we played board games, we relaxed, oh and we ate some more. Christmas was wonderful! Our little guy loved opening presents and spending some quality time with his grandparents. As soon as we got back home, we had a group of Mr. ATG's family visiting from FL to spend New Years Eve with us! Yet another week of good food, family and fun. We are finally getting back to our normal routine and getting back to our orders in the garage. 

2014 was an amazing year for us both personally and professionally. Our little guy is growing and changing every day and we are just soaking up this special time with him. We sadly left our life in Kansas but are enjoying making new friends and a new life back on the East Coast. Against the Grain has continued to grow and expand - our Facebook page is itching up to 2500 likes, our blog went viral on Pinterest and we're welcoming new followers all the time, and we opened our Etsy Shop! Our custom built furniture line is constantly being updated with new items and pieces and our work list is longer than ever. We have so much to be thankful this year! 

Here are just a few of our favorite projects from 2014: 













We have set some high goals for ourselves in 2015 and I can't wait to share it all with you! 

Happy Treasure Hunting Friends, 
Ashley